US President Donald Trump considers the meeting of this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping as a chance to see where Beijing stands on the two countries trade war, and is “comfortable with any outcome” from the discussions, according to the claim of the senior US official on Monday.
The much-awaited meeting at the G-20 summit in Japan will be the first face-to-face meeting for the leaders since trade discussions canceled in May, leading to a hike in US tariffs on imports of Chinese goods.
China and the United States have executed an 11 month long trade war marked by tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, disturbing financial markets , interrupting supply chains and pinching global economic growth prospects.
The senior administration official, speaking to reporters on the condition of having no name, declined to provide any details about plans for the meeting, other than to claim it would be supposed to happen on the second day of the summit in Osaka.
According to the official, “ It’s really just an opportunity for the president to maintain his engagement as he has very closely with his Chinese counterpart. Even as trade frictions persist, he’s got the opportunity to see where the Chinese side is since the talks last left off”.
The official also included, “ the president is quite comfortable with any outcome”.
The Trump administration has charged China for not being able to protect intellectual property, driving US companies for transferring technology to the Chinese partners and failing to provide a level playing field for the US companies.
Discussions between the United States and China dismissed in May after the US side charged China for breaking down in May after the US side blamed China of stepping away from earlier commitments.